A Pacific Northwest native, Mel became a passionate advocate for homeownership and investing in real estate after buying and selling her first home. What interested her most was realizing the significant financial impact the right investment property can make and learning how much having a home to truly call your own can improve your quality-of-life.

Her specialties are working with first time home buyers and sellers but is fluent in all aspects of residential real estate. She is also a CNE, or Certified Negotiations Expert, and knows that with all the technology available to buyers and sellers, one of the best skills a realtor can have is knowing how to be a collaborative negotiator in order to get the best for their clients.

After a decade long career working in operations and client service for creative companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mel earned her Oregon Broker’s license and made the move to real estate. Her philosophy in real estate is listen to her client’s needs and to treat everyone involved in a transaction with honesty and integrity. She loves getting to know her buyers and sellers, many of whom become friends, and ensuring they get the highest level of service she is known for.

With a background in art and events, Mel brings creativity and an eye for detail to the table. She enjoys a remodel project, has a soft spot for Old Portland and 1900’s craftsman houses, helping first time buyers, and educating her clients on the selling and purchasing process. She believes in staying up to date on Portland real estate trends, but also technology and tools available to agents. This gives her an edge when it comes to researching and marketing properties, as well as communicating with her clients.

When Mel is not working in real estate she is volunteering with the Red Cross, gardening, hosting dinner parties, or relaxing at home on Bull Mountain with her husband, Mike, and two big dogs, Indy and Jackson.

Mel's Testimonials

Mel is an incredible real estate agent. She was our agent for both listing and buying, and I cannot overstate how much credit Mel deserves. She helped us understand what to expect throughout the whole sales process, even helping us decide if we wanted to sell at all. Her advice on what home improvements to make increased the market value of our home immensely, and her advice on what projects weren’t worth the time and money saved us thousands as well. She was instrumental in the staging process. Not only did she directly contribute with staging advice, she hired professional stagers that we worked with virtually, due to the pandemic. She even brought over some of her own personal décor, potted plants, and furniture to stage our front patio. Our house looked amazing in the photos and in person. We aimed high on our listing price and ended up getting two offers over asking the first weekend it was listed. This is even more impressive considering it is a townhouse and it backs up to a busy road. Mel is the most honest and trustworthy agent I have ever worked with, and her drive and dedication is unmatched. She was always responsive. And 9 times out of 10 she would already be on top of whatever issue or question we had before we even brought it up. We truly felt like we were her only clients because she showed us so much attention and consideration. There will always be set-backs, and we had our share of declined offers, inspection issues, scheduling difficulties, etc., but at every turn Mel was able to navigate these with grace, reassurance, and integrity. We never once felt that we were in over our heads or that hope might be lost. Buying and selling a home can be an overwhelming process but Mel was an exemplary guide that delivered better-than-expected outcomes. If you’re looking for an agent, do yourself a favor and look no further. Mel is a real estate wizard that utilizes direct mail campaigns, social media, professional connections and traditional listing strategies to optimize the visibility of your home and get you the highest value possible. As a buying agent, she exhibits care, patience, and mediation skills. She was always realistic with us on what houses we could reasonably make competitive offers on, but she was also optimistic and thoughtful with every showing. She truly listened to us when we explained what we were looking for and never tried to push us into looking at homes we weren’t interested in. We never once felt like we were asking too many questions or asking to see too many potential homes, and it felt like we were spending time with a friend, not just an agent. Mel is everything you could ever want in a real estate agent and she will 100% be our agent for any future real estate needs.

Danny S.

We had a great experience working with Mel when we purchased our home. She knows the market really well and quickly got a sense of what we liked and didn’t like. With us being first time buyers, she walked us through every step of the process and was always on hand to help with any doubts or questions we had. She was always professional and very patient, but also upfront and honest when straight talk was required. I would not hesitate to recommend her services to anyone looking to buy or sell.

Tom B.

Mel is amazing to work with, she was very knowledgeable and incredibly thoughtful to our needs. She was very patient with us whilst we figured out what we really wanted. We appreciated her attention to detail whilst touring homes and her insights were invaluable to making sure we both ended up with something we were really happy with. Once we found a home that we loved, Mel kept us on track with her online timeline and regular updates/check ins, she led us through the whole process making it stress free, we felt very taken care of throughout and learned a lot from Mel along the way that has helped us going forward now that we have closed. We loved working with her and I would definitely use her again in the future and would also recommend her to our friends.

Louise & Tom

We were fortunate to have Mel as our real estate agent, it has really been a wonderful experience. She is very warm and was very open and considerate to our requirements. As first time home buyers we relied on her expertise and we felt that we could totally trust her. Mel responded to all our questions promptly, sent detailed video tours and it was very reassuring to deal with her during these times of corona-lockdown. She was very thorough in managing the whole process and we'll be sure to recommend her to friends or family looking to buy or sell in the Portland area. Highly recommended!

Pooja N.

Mel was great to work with. She was able to work with my schedule to make sure we could see the homes I was interested in.  I had no idea what I would be getting into purchasing my first home, but Mel made everything easy.  Thanks Mel!

Aaron C.

We had a wonderful experience with Mel and highly recommend her!. Gently attentive, she was fully responsive to our needs and  supportive when our first deal fell through. She’s a delight to work with and helped us get a great deal.

Katelyn R.

Mel provided excellent and personal service during my long-distance home purchase. Her attention to detail and excellent communication skills ensured my home search and purchase went as smoothly as possible.

Gary M.

We highly recommend Mel for realtor services!. As out of state buyers, we relied on Mel for input in all areas.  She was on top of everything! She provided us with updates and kept us organized in the process.  She has been a joy to work with.

Pat C.

My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Mel to find our forever home. When I first contacted Mel, we discussed our wants and deal breakers.  She gave me the overview of what was happening in the marketplace to understand and set expectations.  After visiting a few places, we made our decision.   Mel was able to contact the seller realtor to understand how to give the best offer.  After accepting, Mel was incredibly organized and really was there every step of the way. Her communication and organization really helped guide us thru the process.  We would highly recommend working with Mel!

Alyssa D.

I was a first time home buyer and Mel made everything so easy. Her personal investment to find exactly what I was looking for was relentless. We visited several properties together and when we we finally found “the one”, she worked around the clock to secure the listing for me. She setup all home inspections, worked closely with my lender and aggressively negotiated closing costs on my behalf. The experience couldn’t have been better! I would highly recommend Mel to any home buyer looking for a personalized home buying journey.

Jewelia S.

I can not say enough nice things about Mel. She is kind, patient and a great listener. We randomly dropped in to investigate the possibility of maybe one day buying a condo and a few short months later we are the proud owners of a beautiful 4 bedroom house. I totally recommend Mel!

Adina L. & Caitlin B.

I have known Mel for a few years and from our first interaction I knew would work well together. I was initially her Arborist and through a few projects I got to know her and that she was a real estate agent. Truth be told, I am not someone who shops around because I base my decision on my trust in someone. Mel was the first and only person I went to because I knew all my questions would get answered and she would have my best interest in mind. She stuck with me through the highs and the lows of the home purchasing process and was always in high spirits. Now here I am, a first time home-buyer in my new house which has everything I ever wanted. She helped me get this house and for that, I will be forever grateful. Thanks Mel!

Russell C

We feel so lucky to have had Mel as our realtor through this whole process. As first time home owners we essentially knew nothing about the home buying process. Mel was there with every step of the way to provide endless amount of information and to educate us about the entire process. She always made us feel so comfortable and took so much time to make sure we got everything that we wanted. We got a fantastic house for a great price in our ideal neighborhood. Mel negotiated for us tirelessly to get us everything we needed for the house before closing. We couldn’t be happier. I couldn’t imagine having anyone else with us on this journey. Even after closing she continues to help us wrangle contractors and is there to answer any questions we still might have. This woman knows her stuff. I look forward to recommending her to everyone I know! She’s the absolute best! Thank you Mel for all your hard work, we are eternally grateful!

Catie P. & Greg S.

Mel was great to work with. She listened to what we wanted and found us the perfect home. We’re glad to have worked with her it was a great experience!

Gwen & Kurt K.

Mel was consistently warm, supportive, and accessible throughout a long complicated loan approval and purchasing process. She always had my best interests at heart. Her communication style is great, and descriptions of the stages and their requirements were crystal clear. She was very easy to reach, whether digitally, by phone, or in person. I highly recommend Mel as an agent.

Gabrielle S

Mel helped me sell my condo quickly!. She was a dedicated worker, and made me feel like I was her only client. I then decided to have Mel find me a house to buy. Mel always worked with a smile. I wasn't spending much on a house, but that didn't deter Mel from treating me like I was buying an expensive home. She met me for every house I wanted to see. She explained the benefits or cons of each house with my life goals. Once I found the house I wanted, Mel was really good at post-offer negotiations. I got the exact style of house I wanted with the yard I wanted at the price I wanted. She helped me understand repairs, and gave me contractors to worked with who all helped me get great service and save money. I would recommend Mel to anyone wanting a realtor, she was simply fantastic!

Gabe K

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